95 illegal immigrants rescued off Libyan coast – IOM

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TRIPOLI, LIBYA - OCTOBER 02: Illegal immigrants, rescued with an operation after their boat sank in the Mediterranean offshore of the east of Tripoli, rest at the shore of Garabulli district of Tripoli, Libya on October 02, 2014. (Photo by Hazem Turkia/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Tripolis – International Organisation for Migration (IOM) said, on Wednesday, that 95 illegal immigrants were rescued off Libya’ western coast.

“A group of 95 migrants were returned to Khums, Libya by coast guard.

“IOM staff were onsite to provide needed assistance and report that among them were four women,’’ IOM tweeted.

Earlier on Wednesday, IOM said that 131 illegal immigrants, including 13 miners, were rescued off the country’s western coast.

IOM estimates that more than 6,100 illegal immigrants have been rescued off the Libyan coast and returned to Libya so far in 2020, compared with 9,225 in 2019.

fall of the previous Muammar Gaddafi’s government in 2011 has created a state of insecurity and chaos in Libya.

This has made Libya a preferred point of for illegal immigrants to cross Mediterranean Sea towards European shores.

shelters in Libya are overcrowded with immigrants, despite repeated international calls to close them.